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The SS of Treblinka by Ian Baxter

The SS of Treblinka

by Ian Baxter

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This was a very interesting book, focusing on the day-to-day lives of the SS officers running the Treblinka Extermination Camp -- their motives for being there, how they coped with the carnage, what their wives knew or didn't know, etc. At the end there was a list of the officers who had served at Treblinka and what few facts were available about them. Many of them did not survive the war; of those that did, very few were punished for their crimes.

Although it was somewhat repetitive at times, I definitely recommend this book for people wanting to know about Treblinka. It should be read alongside other books that give a broader picture of the camp: Jean-Francois Steiner's Treblinka and Mark Smith's Treblinka Survivor: The Life and Death of Hershl Sperling are good ones. ( )
  meggyweg | Dec 3, 2013 |
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The story of the SS of Treblinka is a highly compelling one. This book provides vivid descriptions of events in the camp from the point of view of the men that witnessed them. Using interviews, personal letters, and unpublished diaries, some supplied by historian Marcin Zborska in Warsaw and published for the first time, Ian Baxter gives a fascinating insight into the camp that saw the murder of some 800,000 Jews. The book paints a chilling picture of the staff at Treblinka, showing the SS-men during breaks from their murderous activities, relaxing in their barracks, or visiting the camp zoo with their families. Diary extracts will allow a reader inside the heads of these men who, in some cases felt themselves fortunate to be posted at Treblinka. The inner working of the camp are exposed here in unprecedented detail—from the techniques of mass murder to the bizarre rituals that developed within the camp.

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Using material sourced from unpublished personal diaries and documents, 'The SS of Treblinka' exposes the inner workings of the camp in unprecedented detail - from techniques of mass murder to the bizarre rituals that developed within the camp.

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